As I grow and change, I want to share with you what is happening inside of me: my needs, my wants, my discoveries, my questions, my ideas, and my feelings. I need a way to do this! That way is language.
When you give me the gift of language–specifically, we’ll be describing the Language of Feelings–we can connect with one another more deeply.
I will know you see me, understand me, and love me. I will feel safe. Feeling safe helps me to trust you, and trusting you is the foundation of strong secure attachment and healthy social-emotional development.
How can I help my DHH little one learn the Language of Feelings?
The Language of Feelings can be learned everywhere in our daily lives! Meals and snacks, dressing and changing routines, bath time, bedtime, trips around town, playtime (both alone and with others), snuggle time, and read alouds are all wonderful opportunities for nurturers to sign and talk about feelings.
All children do their best learning–about themselves, their caregivers, their friends, and their world–when they are in familiar places doing comfortable routines with favorite, trusted adults.
Your role in the journey is quite simple:
You can encourage your DHH child to notice what she is feeling, and what he is seeing those around him feeling. Then, you can connect feelings signs and words to these observations.
Your DHH child likely needs a bit of extra intentional support from you in discovering and practicing this connection between emotions and signs/words. This is perfectly normal! Every child grows at a unique pace.
Some other tools to shed light as you support your child in learning the Language of Feelings include:
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